Jan 22, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino huddles up with guard Terry Rozier (0), forward/center Mangok Mathiang (12), guard Russ Smith (2) and teammates against the South Florida Bulls during the first half at USF Sun Dome. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Rick Pitino named Kentucky Sportsman of the Year


After leading Louisville to the Big East regular season and tournament titles and then the school’s third NCAA championship with a victory over Michigan in the title game, men’s basketball head coach Rick Pitino was recently named the 2013 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year in a vote of media members from around the state.

Pitino’s selection was announced Thursday evening at the Bluegrass Sports Awards in Lexington. Louisville also set a record for victories last year, finishing the year at 35-5.

As the 33rd Kentucky Sportsman of the Year, Pitino is the first person to win the award three times, having earned it in 1990 and 1996 while with Kentucky. Pitino is also the first person to win Sportsman of the Year as a representative of both Kentucky University and the University of Louisville.

During Louisville’s stay in Atlanta for the Final Four, Pitino was also announced as a member of the 2013 class to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was enshrined into the prestigious hall in September.

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